The Atlantic Coast Conference, as is always the case, landed some elite talent during the 2013 cycle. However, there are always those recruits that don’t necessarily get the fanfare that end up being top-level players at the college level and beyond. The “sleepers” if you will.
TE Jordan Leggett is someone that could eventually have a big role in the Clemson offense.
Here’s a look at one potential sleeper in each ACC class for the 2013 cycle.
Charlie Callinan, WR, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peters Prep -- The 6-feet-4, 200-pound Callinan was not one of the highest-rated Eagle signees, but it looks like he could become a solid addition to the program. With his size and reach, he is difficult for opposing cornerbacks to effectively jam at the line of scrimmage. And he uses that body smartly downfield as well. Callinan isn't a burner, but he runs crisp routes that up to now have allowed him to consistently get decent separation. For what it's worth, he also has excellent hands.
Jordan Leggett, TE, Navarre (FL) -- Leggett was not a kid heavily recruited by a ton of major programs, but he's someone Clemson was thrilled to get. The 6-feet-5, 205-pounder is an extremely good pass-catcher that combines great height with very good athleticism and solid hands to make plays. Because of that, he potentially could create a lot of matchup issues for opposing defenses. Once Leggett adds some bulk and gets game-ready, look for Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris to find as many ways as possible to utilize his skills -- and body.
Dequavais Mann, CB, Rocky Mount (N.C.) Northern Nash -- The two-star prospect might not have great size, but he's a competitor and it wouldn't be a shock if he has a productive college career in Durham. As a senior, Mann was a two-way standout. At Duke, the 5-feet-9, 195-pounder is likely to play cornerback. Physically, he doesn't wow you, but Mann is extremely strong and gets after it every snap. Does he have the hips to cover ACC receivers? Time will tell.
Jeremy Kerr, TE, St. Petersburg (Fla.) -- He might have been a low three-star recruit, but in Kerr the Seminoles could have found someone that can develop into a starter someday. The 6-feet-6, 262-pounder is a big, physical and tough player, which is exactly what FSU needs to improve up front. As a route runner and pass catcher, Kerr needs some work. He's not exactly smooth at either. But when you look at the overall, this is the type of player -- largely because of his frame -- that coaches should be thrilled to have.
Paul Davis, OLB, Cairo (Ga.) -- With Davis, size is the major concern. He's only about 5-feet-11, 210 pounds. Nonetheless, he would seem to be a solid pickup for the Yellow Jackets. In high school, Davis did a little bit of everything. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2012 and recorded more than 100 tackles. Davis is a very good overall athlete that simply makes play after play. And for his size, he packs quite a punch.
Jajuan Dulaney, OT, Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern -- When all is said and done, Dulaney could end up being one of the biggest steals in the ACC for the 2013 class. The 6-feet-4, 255-pounder needs to add weight but other than that there aren't many concerns. He's a versatile, athletic and smart lineman that potentially could end up just about anywhere up front. What stands out is his sound technique, which is a credit to his high school coaches.
Sunny Odogwu, OT, Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) -- This is among the most intriguing signees in the ACC for 2013. Although Odogwu is still extremely raw, the 6-feet-8, 307-pounder certainly looks the part. A year of seasoning at Hargrave no doubt will help, but he probably is someone that will need time to become ACC ready. The good news for Miami is that not only does he already have an NFL body, Odogwu is said to be extremely coachable. As with many linemen his age, becoming more agile and flexible is crucial.
Technically, Maryland offensive line signee Jajuan Dulaney already is sound.
Khris Francis, APB, Durham (N.C.) Hillside -- Because the Tar Heels also signed Top247 running back T.J. Logan, Francis hasn't gotten a ton of attention from those talking about this North Carolina class. But he is a versatile running back that is powerfully built, has very good speed, is shifty and is built like a tank -- albeit a small one. The 5-feet-9, 192-pounder should fit in perfectly with North Carolina's wide open offense.
Patrick Roane, OT, Hope Mills (N.C.) Gray's Creek -- Roane had very few offers during his recruitment, so he jumped at the chance to play for the Wolfpack. It's a little surprising he didn't get more attention given the fact he is 6-feet-7, 290 pounds and would seem to have a pretty good ceiling. At this stage, Roane isn't anywhere near ready to contribute. He must add muscle, get stronger, become more flexible and improve his feet. But his frame gives him a good starting point, and the fact he made great strides in the past year is a good sign.
Zach Poker, LB, Oconomowoc (Wis.) -- The 6-feet-4, 220-pounder flew somewhat under the radar until late in the process, but he appears to be a good signing for the Panthers. Poker is a big, physical linebacker, and is pretty athletic for his size. He's also someone that can lay a hit. Poker played a lot of tight end in high school, and if he continues to grow could end up back at that spot someday.
Alexander Hayes, OG, Tucker (Ga.) -- The 6-feet-3, 285-pound Hayes isn't the biggest linemen out there, but given time could prove to be a good find for the Orange. One a high school squad that won big in Georgia, he was a steady force for a powerful running team. Hayes does a nice job keeping his pads low, getting good leverage and driving into his man. He also has pretty quick feet. If he progresses as a pass-blocker, he has a chance to do some things.
Corwin Cutler, QB, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes -- Some might argue that Cutler isn't a sleeper. He was, after all, a pretty well-known member of the Virginia signing class. That said, Cutler isn't a guy that will head to Charlottesville with a lofty ranking (He's the No. 477 overall recruit in the 247Composite). So that's why he is the choice. Cutler has a big arm. He not only can make all the throws, but puts exceptional spin on the ball time and again. You also have to like his frame. With improved decision-making, Cutler's game could flourish.
Jonathan McLaughlin, OT, Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) -- McLaughlin was a solid pickup for the Hokies. The 6-feet-4, 288-pounder has a good frame with a long reach and could be ahead of the other freshmen because of his year in prep school. At the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in 2011, McLaughlin had a lot of success in the game against five-star Florida defensive end signee Jonathan Bullard, largely because of his technique, and the fact he's good at keeping his cool.
Josh Harris, OG, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton -- The 6-feet-3, 300-pound Harris got little hype in high school, and that's largely because the team on which he played included several other FBS signees, including five-star defensive end Carl Lawson. But Harris was a very good run-blocker for Milton, and is a powerful and intelligent interior lineman. With Harris, one key moving forward is improving his movement.